Undergraduate Research

student reviewing a map in Urban Research Lab

The Economics Department faculty supports the research efforts of undergraduate students both directly and through support of the following programs:


Oeconomicus is an annually published interdisciplinary journal of economic issues written, refereed, edited and published by undergraduate, MA, and PhD students in the social sciences. The focus of the journal is on critical or heterodox approaches to issues of economic methodology and theory, history of economic thought, economic history, political economy, and economic policy.

All editorial inquiries and submissions should be sent to the editor, Richard Twumasi, at rat446@mail.umkc.edu. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2018. The deadline for final papers is April 1, 2018.

University Research Opportunities:

There are many research opportunities for undergraduate students throughout the University


Lucerna is an undergraduate research journal sponsored by the Honors Program at UMKC. It is peer reviewed and open to undergraduates in all fields and majors.

For more details on Lucerna including download links as well as article submission details, you can visit the Honors Program’s Lucerna website.

SEARCH – Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research

The benefits of undergraduate research are innumerable and far reaching. Not only will SEARCH help you develop critical-thinking, artistic, experimental design and presentation skills, it will open a world of possibilities. SEARCH participants can do research in a foreign country, apply for SEARCH and national fellowships, and earn academic credit for individual research and creative projects.

Getting Started is easy! Select an area of research interest. Find a faculty mentor (SEARCH can help with this). Complete and submit a SEARCH application.

For more details on SEARCH/SUROP grants please visit the Undergraduate Research website.